Today is the start of Cannes Film Festival. There isn’t a day more magical than the opening ceremony.
The one person I have been looking out for since her 2010 debut is Fan Bingbing.
Back 2010, none of us (outside Asian) knew who she was, but now she is world famous, mostly due to the elaborately elegant gowns.
You may not remember who was starred in this film, but you’ll never forget Bingbing in this Dragon Robe by Laurence Hsu gown. This gown was so iconic, that it appears in Madame Tussauds, and the dress was also displayed at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. This wasn’t a surprise as this gown was a work of art.
The actress once again opted for a traditional robe-inspired gown, this time by her stylist Christopher Bu Kewen. This was a stunning homage to her native China. The hand-embroidered dress featured cranes and different patterns including plum blossoms, orchids, bamboo, chrysanthemum. The crane symbolizes good fortune and longevity in Chinese culture.
For the third year in a row she wowed us wearing an oriental strapless gown inspired by the Tang dynasty’s noble women by stylist, Christopher Bu, which featured embroideries which tells the stories of the four beauties of ancient China.
This Louis Vuitton gown as a beautiful moment, but we were all feeling a little disappointed, as we’d become so accustomed her traditional gowns.
Once again, this Ralph & Russo Couture gown wasn’t traditional, but at least within this look there was a feeling of Chinese heritage.
2017: ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ (Les Fantomes d’Ismael) Premiere
This was perhaps Bingbing’s most underwhelming year. This was the year she was on the jury, and she took the responsibility very seriously and as a result we saw the muted side to Bingbing’s glamour in Elie Saab.
The actress was on full princess mode wearing an embellished and tulle creation by Tunisian designer Ali Karoui.
It was classic Bingbing, despite not being as memorable as her early offerings.
2019. The biggest question is will she be present at all this year.
If she is, I hope to see a return to the traditional gowns, because that is why we fell in love with her.